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ASTM 101

Presents observations and theories regarding the place of Earth in the universe. Students investigate other planets, stars from their formation in nebulae to their deaths as white dwarfs, neutron stars or black holes, galaxies and the expanding universe. For students needing a lab, ASTM 102 serves as the accompanying lab. NOTE: Course is offered every fall and spring semester, and may be offered during additional sessions.

  • Prerequisite(s)
    : ESOL 052 and ESOL 054 or ACLT 052 or ACLT 053; and MATH 082

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Astro 10
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Fall 2017:
Astro 10 – Mon/Wed 9:00 – 10:30 AM
– Astro 10 – Tue/The 10:30 – 11:45 AM
– Astro 10 – Tue/The 1:30 – 2:45 PM
– Astro 10 – Tue/The 4:30 – 5:45 PM
– Astro 10 ONLINE (with no req. meetings)
– Astro 20 – Mon/Wed 10:30 – 11:45 AM
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– Astro 20 – Tue/Thu 9:00 – 10:30 PM
– Astro 30 – Mon or Tue 6:30 – 9:20 PM



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    • Shannon Lee
    • Bob Moore
    • Gabe Prochter
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  • About our Astronomy Courses

    We offer multiple sections of the very popular Astronomy 10 and 20
    lecture courses
    every semester, in the
    mornings, afternoons, and at least one section in the evening. 
    Most lecture courses are offered in a two-day per week format
    (Mon-Wed or Tue-Thu). We
    try to offer at least one online section as well, and one section in
    the summer term, if the budget allows.  

    We offer our Astronomy 30 lab class in the
    evenings, usually on Monday or Tuesday nights, in both Fall and
    Spring terms; this class runs for 3 hours once per week.  This
    class can be taken with the lecture course, or later. (Many students
    find taking the lab class along with the lecture helps them to do
    even better in the lecture course, as the lab provided an
    opportunity to learn about some concepts even more deeply.)

    All on-campus lecture classes are held in the Chabot College Planetarium, which seats 45
    students comfortably with wonderful sound and state-of-the-art
    video, offering a full 3-D dome
    experience to assist in learning Astronomy as well as learning about
    the constellations and stars!

      • Astronomy 10 – Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar

        3 units
        Meets AA/AS Area B requirements;
        GE Area B1 (CSU Transfer);


        IGETC Area 5a (UC Transfer);


        Introduction to history and physical principles of
        astronomy, focusing on our Solar System. 
        Includes: constellations; distance scales; historical
        development of astronomy; gravitation; motion of the Earth,
        Moon, and Planets; astronomical tools; formation and
        evolution of the solar system; physical properties,
        atmosphere, and evolution of the Earth, Moon, and planets
        within the solar system; asteroids, comets, and other small
        bodies; discovery of extra-solar planets; possibilities for
        life beyond Earth. 
        Designed for non-majors in mathematics or a physical
        science. May be
        offered in Distance Education delivery format. 
        3 hours.


        Astronomy 20 –
        Introduction to Astronomy: Stars and The Universe

        3 units

        Meets AA/AS Area B


        GE Area B1 (CSU Transfer);


        IGETC Area 5a (UC Transfer);


        Introduction to the study of stars, galaxies, and cosmology.
         Includes the nature
        of light and matter, telescopes, spectroscopy, stellar
        formation and evolution, galaxies, quasars, and cosmology. 
        Designed for non-majors in mathematics or a physical
        science.  May be offered in Distance Education delivery
        format.  3 hours.

        Astronomy 30 –
        Introduction to Astronomy Lab

        1 unit


        GE Area B3 (CSU Transfer);


        IGETC Area 5c (UC Transfer);

        Introduction to laboratory principles and techniques in
        astronomy.  Includes telescope operation and measuring stellar
        magnitudes, spectral lines, motions of the sun, moon and
        planets.  Prerequisite/Corequisite: Astronomy 10 or 20. 
        3 hours laboratory.


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    Online Labs in Our Courses

    The Eberly College of Science has a catalogue of about 50 online courses. Many of them use online labs. Here is a list and description of some of the labs we use:

    Astro 001 – Astronomical Universe 

    This course, which is intended for beginning astronomy students, teaches basic astronomy through an immersive video game. All concepts are illustarted within the context of the game. Students get to explore the first Mars colony, visit a virtual reality planetarium, zoom from planet to planet in our Solar System, help an alien find their home planet, and construct a new universe, particle by particle. The faculty team is very hands-on and supports students through interaction on Piazza .

    Astro 011 – Elementary Astro Lab

    This is the lab section for Elementary Astronomy. Students are assigned weekly lab activities, which take approximately 2 hours per week. The students must also participate in discussions and a semester-long observatory project. 

    Course Objectives

    The goals for this course are for students to

    1. develop skills of recognizing and asking answerable research questions
    2. design and write clear step-by-step procedures
    3. systematically collect data
    4. perform and document analysis of those data
    5. construct and articulate arguments from evidence
    6. presenting data visually

    To achieve these goals,  simple observations, software simulations, and online astronomical data sets and images to explore a number of astronomical phenomena.

    Biology 110 – Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity 

    The goal of this course is to introduce students to fundamental concepts that are common to all organisms and to explore the biological diversity of life on Earth.The course uses web-based tutorials, an online homework system, and online laboratory sessions. The course has 12 onlin laboratory exercises run through Late Night Labs.

    Biology 120A  – Plants, Places, and People

    While this course does not have an actual lab, it has students critically thinking about plants and the value they provide to the world. The students create a peer teaching lesson and situate their learning within the realm of their particular plant.

    Bi SCi 002 – Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution

    This course is an introductory course for non-science majors that combines Genetics, Human Genetics, Evolution and Ecology. Students will develop a basic understanding of genetic and biological terms and their importance to our technologically advanced society.

    The instructors leverage the McGraw Hill Connect and Learn Smart   systems for the course.

    Chemistry 005 – Kitchen Chemistry

    This course is introductory chemistry course that incorporates reading, problem-solving, and ‘edible’ home experiments to develop an understanding of chemical concepts and scientific inquiry within the context of food and cooking. Students are required to participate in a Food Safety module. Additionally, they are required to buy certain food items  that should be readily available and perform experiments in a kitchen setting.

    Chemistry 101 – Introductory Chemistry

    This introductory chemistry course incorporates lectures, readings, problem-solving and laboratory experiments in developing an understanding of chemical concepts and practices. Students are required to buy a CHEM 101 General Tool Kit and Lab Kit from the bookstore. Students are also given a list of general materials they can purchase from a store or online.

    Chemistry 111 – Experimental Chemistry I

    This course is a required course in the Software Engineering online major for Penn State’s World Campus. The course is contains many integral pieces to the lab experience. Students are required to purchase a Carolina Distance Learning, Penn State CHEM 111 Kit and a subscription to LabArchives (electronic laboratory notebook) subscription. 

    Forensics 200 – Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation

    This course utilizes the book, Crime Lab: A Guide for Nonscientists . The course was designed forstudents to step into the role of a forensic scientist as they process a case from start to finish – meaning crime scene to court room. The textbook provides the details of the case – victim(s), suspect(s), scene details, lab exams, etc. – and supplemental information provided by the instructor helps students better understand the processes and procedures used by real forensic scientists. The student’s role, as the criminalist (a scientist who examines physical evidence), is to document the process of evidence collection at the crime scene and then follow the analysis of the evidence once it gets back to the lab. Students document the crime scene, evidence collection, and evidence analysis in case notes. At the end of the semester, Students compile case notes into an evidence summary and a reconstruction/final report in which they will interpret the evidence they have analyzed throughout the semester in order to come up with their own version of how the crime occurred. In other words, they will discover and report whodunit!

    Microbiology 107: Elementary Microbiology Laboratory

    This course seeks to approximate the lab experience a student would have in a physical laboratory setting on a college campus. While it is not possible to provide students with a hands on lab experience for most activities, the essential learning process remains the same. Each week students will complete laboratory activities using state of the art simulation technology that is web based so having good access to the internet is necessary. Students will learn microbiology concepts and terminology, engage in various learning activities and take weekly quizzes. This course uses the McGraw Hill Learn Smart  system.

    Physics 211: General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

    This course is also a required course in the Online Software Engineering Program. It is a calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics: motion, force, Newton’s laws, energy, collisions, and rotation. Currently, it is still in development, but it will employ a combination of tools to create the laboratory experience for students at a distance. Students will be using the IOLab , Piazza , as well as labs that are constructed in the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) framework. There will be three more labs built to follow in the series.

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